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La Fcc ha votato per una rete a più velocità. Cosa resta della net neutrality?

15 dic 2017

Marco Pierani, Public Affairs & Media Relation director, on the Federal Communication Commission decision.

After the FCC decision, we are worried that there could be repercussions on the European market.

The situation in Europe is not optimal, it is a compromise, because it gives a lot of power to how the national communications authorities implement the rules. There are cases that can be interpreted differently depending on the country, which is absurd, given that we should be a single digital market. This creates risks for countries where the communications authorities are not that sensitive about this issue or not strong enough in implementing the rules.

 

We contest the idea that zero rating is good for the consumer, in our opinion it is not. In a free market the consumer has a choice, whereas with a forced application of the zero rating system the consumer in fact gets access to a limited part of services and content.

Maybe there are benefits in terms of price, but access to the Internet is limited and decided by gate keepers who are the internet service providers. This is something we do not want. It is a battle we continue to fight. This is contrary to having freedom of choice, freedom of information and freedom of enterprise.

 

A free market exists when the consumer has the possibility to choose. Leaving the choice to the service providers creates a false market and places the choice in the hands of very few operators who are very strong. This is unacceptable.